In praise of The Animals

I recently read about the passing of Hilton Valentine, the original guitarist for The Animals, who has died, aged 77. Valentine’s simple arpeggiated riff in the band’s version of the traditional tune House of the Rising Sun remains one of the most recognisable guitar parts in the history of rock’n’roll. Valentine’s passing caused me toContinue reading “In praise of The Animals”

Examples of using intervals in guitar playing, part 1: thirds, sixths and tenths

Single line lead guitar playing is great. But when you have six strings and four fingers to hold them down, why limit your playing to one note at a time? Throughout the history of guitar, players have used two notes (or more) at once, resulting in something halfway between a single note line and aContinue reading “Examples of using intervals in guitar playing, part 1: thirds, sixths and tenths”

Great Guitarists #9: Grant Green

Welcome back to the Great Guitarists series. We’re continuing along a jazz theme for now, with a sometimes underrated master of understated single line guitar soloing… Grant Green Green was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1935, and died in 1979, aged just 43. In his all-too-short career, he played on hundreds of records, includingContinue reading “Great Guitarists #9: Grant Green”